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3 Potential Outcomes After Your First DUI

By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

July 5, 2022

If you’ve recently been arrested and charged with your first DUI, you may be panicking about what happens next. A few things could happen, and your DUI defense attorney could make all the difference when it comes to the outcome of your case. Let’s go over the options.

Outcome One: Case Dismissed

This is one of the ideal outcomes. Your case may be dropped or dismissed. Your case may be dropped if the prosecutors realize they do not have enough evidence to secure a conviction and do not move forward with filing charges.

Your case may be dismissed after charges are filed, but either the prosecutor or judge finds that:

  • The initial stop was illegal
  • The officer did not have probable cause to make an arrest
  • There is insufficient evidence
  • The chemical tests were administered incorrectly or are inaccurate

Your defense attorney can be a large help in proving one or more of these circumstances and fighting for your case to be dismissed.

Outcome Two: Case Reduced

It’s common for first offense DUI cases to be reduced to reckless driving or other traffic violations. When your DUI is reduced, it helps you keep your criminal record clear and protect you from the numerous consequences of a DUI conviction.

Outcome Three: Conviction

Unfortunately, there is always a possibility that your DUI case will end with a conviction. This means that you are found guilty of driving under the influence and are sentenced to criminal penalties, like jail time, fines, license suspension, and more.

Working with an experienced DUI defense lawyer is the best way to avoid this possible outcome.

DUI Lawyers in Daytona Beach

DUI arrests happen frequently over the summer months. If you are stopped and arrested for DUI in Volusia County, contact Hager & Schwartz, P.A. for the legal defense you need. We want to help you avoid a conviction, fight for your case to be dismissed, and protect your rights.